Kulbhushan Jadhav thanks Pakistan for 'grand gesture' after meeting family

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Kulbhushan Jadhav's wife and mother are meeting the convicted Indian spy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs after arriving in Islamabad on Monday morning via a commercial flight. Responding to Pakistan's offer of agreeing to let Jadhav meet his wife on "humanitarian grounds", India had requested a sovereign guarantee that the family would not be harassed or questioned when they visit him. Jadhav's mother Avanti and wife Chetankul will leave for India today.

Jadhav was at the MOFA before the arrival of his family. It was not known where he had been kept before being transported to the Foreign Ministry.

"The meeting was very positive and they (Jadhav's mother and wife) were satisfied. We honour our commitments", a spokesman for Pakistan's foreign office, Mohammad Faisal, said in an earlier Twitter posting when the women first arrived at the ministry in Islamabad.

Mohammed Faisal, spokesperson, Pakistan foreign ministry, said: "Commander Jadhav is the face of Indian terrorism in Pakistan".

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Pakistan claims its security forces arrested Jadhav from its restive Balochistan province on March 3 past year after he reportedly entered from Iran. In its counter-memorial submitted to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Pakistan said the provision of such an access under the Vienna Convention is only for legitimate visitors and not for spies, a media report said.

India says Jadhav is a former officer of the Indian navy but he rejects the charges against him as baseless, saying he has no connection with the government. According to sources in Chabahar, Jadhav lived with his family; his family, however, declined to comment on this. Photos from his meeting with his wife and mother have aroused suspicions that it did.

"There would be a partition for security reasons", a Pakistan foreign ministry official said when asked whether the family members would be allowed to meet Jadhav personally. It is expected to hold another hearing in March or April.

In India, officials downplayed the comments, maintaining that the Indian diplomat was only accompanying Jadhav's family and it can not be construed as "consular access".

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